11 Killer Career Tips From #GIRLBOSS

You’ve likely heard a lot of career advice—from your mom, your opinionated best friend, and your high school counselor—but how do you know whose advice to follow? Take it from someone who’s actually made it, someone like Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of cult online retailer Nasty Gal. In her new book #GIRLBOSS ($20), which comes out today, Amoruso gives her charmingly authentic insight into how to succeed in the workplace. Pick up the book ASAP, and in the meantime, check out some of the career-making tips that are worth bookmarking.

Lesson 1: Find work that you actually like. No, really.

“Unless you’re powered by an ungodly amount of spite, it’s pretty impossible to succeed while doing something you genuinely hate.”

Lesson 2: Don’t freak if your career trajectory isn’t perfect.

“The shitty jobs made the good ones more meaningful. Most people don’t land their dream job right out of the gate, which means we all have to start somewhere. You’ll appreciate your amazing career so much more when you look back at your not-so-amazing jobs in the past, and hopefully realize that you learned something from all of them.”

Lesson 3: Chase what works. Let go of what doesn’t.

“School wasn’t my jam, and the whole philosophy behind this book is that true success lies in knowing your weaknesses and playing to your strengths. In short, when you suck at something and don’t want it anyway, cut your losses and move on.”

Lesson 4: You don’t really need those Marc Jacobs shoes.

“If you learn to control your finances, you won’t find yourself stuck in jobs, places, or relationships that you hate just because you can’t afford to go elsewhere…money looks better in the bank than on your feet.”

Lesson 5: Get a watch.

“Sometimes being late is unavoidable (aka shit happens), but being repeatedly, predictably late is a wonderful way to let your boss know that you just don’t care about your job. No one wants to hire, or continue to employ, someone who blatantly doesn’t care.”

Lesson 6: Ask for what you want.

“If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting what you want, stop for a second: Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven’t, stop complaining. You can’t expect the world to read your mind. You have to put it out there, and sometimes putting it out there is as simple as just saying, ‘Hey, can I have that?’”

Lesson 7: Court your prospective employer.

“Although playing hard to get might be cute in the dating world, it won’t fly with potential employers. They don’t have time to court you, so you had better romance the hell out them.”

Lesson 8: Nothing is out of your job description.

“You want to know what four words I probably hate the most? ‘That’s not my job.’ Nasty Gal is not a place where these four words fly. At the end of the day, we’re all here for one reason and one reason only—to make the company succeed.”

Lesson 9: Be nice to everyone.

“...the worst kind of mean is selective mean—people who are nice to their boss and superiors, but completely rude to their peers or subordinates. If you are a habitual bitch to the front desk girl, the security guard, or even the Starbucks staff downstairs, the news will eventually make its way up the chain, and the top of the chain ain’t gonna like it.”

Lesson 10: Dressing well matters.

“I do think that you should put effort into what you wear. Clothing is ultimately the suit of armor in which we battle the world. When you choose your clothing right, it feels good. And there’s nothing shallow about feeling good.”

Lesson 11: Be entrepreneurial, even if you’re not the boss.

"...you can be entrepreneurial without being an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurial people are passionate about what they do, comfortable with taking risks, and quick at moving on from failures. These are all the things I look for in the people I hire.”

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